How to Get Rid of Fleas in Human Hair

While rare, fleas can make their way onto human hair. In the absence of household pets like cats and dogs, fleas may decide to approach their next victim, us humans, for their regular blood meals. In this step-to-step guide, you will learn how to quickly treat fleas found in human hair.

How to Know if there are Fleas in Your Hair

There are several signs and symptoms you should look out for to determine whether there are fleas in your hair. Common signs include:

Intense Itchiness

You may start to scratch your hair more often than usual due to the endless bout of itchiness that will come from the flea bite. Some people may feel more itchiness than others as a result of having an allergic reaction to the flea bites.

Red Bumps

People affected by flea bites may have small red dots on their head. These red dots often appear in small clusters. They usually appear around the lower leg areas such as the ankles and feet but in rare occasions may also appear on someone’s head.

Allergic Reactions

Some people may suffer from an allergic reaction when they get a flea bite. Symptoms of flea bite allergy may include swelling, nausea, and breathing difficulties in more serious cases. You should visit the doctor immediately if you start to display any of the above symptoms.

Home Remedies for Treating Fleas in Hair

In most cases, the fleas that make their way onto your hair will most likely move elsewhere as the human hair doesn’t provide the most ideal environment for them to hide and get their regular blood meal from. In any case, you will still want to eliminate the fleas as soon as possible before they multiply in number and spread to other places at home.

Regular Shampoo Wash

Regular shampoo will get rid of most if not all the fleas that are hiding in your hair. Make sure you use the correct technique by gently working the shampoo into the hair roots. It may also help to have someone with you while you shampoo your hair as they can help catch and get rid of any fleas that make an attempt to escape from your hair.

Use Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

Alternatively, you could use tea tree oil to give the shampoo an extra boost when it gets rid of the flea in your hair. When used in diluted form, tea tree oil could be a safe way to control the infestation. The problem is that it’s difficult to get a safe measurement when you apply tea tree oil on its own. We suggest you buy ready-made tea tree oil shampoo instead. Also, if you have pets at home then make sure they are kept a safe distance away from the tea tree oil shampoo.

Wash Your Pillows

Wash your pillows along with other household or fashion items that your hair gets into regular contact with, such as a hat or towel. Most if not all fleas that get trapped in the washing machine will not make it out alive. Set the washing machine to the highest water temperature the laundry item is able to handle. You should also the laundry items through the dryer for good measure.

Don’t Forget About the Flea Eggs

In the worst case scenarios, you may have had some fleas that have laid their eggs on your hair. It’s important to note that your battle isn’t over as soon as you don’t see any adult fleas jumping around your hair. You also need to pay close attention to the eggs, which typically look like translucent oval dots. They aren’t the easiest to identify as they have a similar appearance to hair dandruff.